Who Can Participate
Clinical trials have eligibility requirements. It’s important to discuss this with your oncologist. Sometimes patients are not able to enroll in a desired trial because of prior treatment they have received, or other health issues.
Every clinical trial has a plan that describes how the trial will be conducted and who can participate in the study. Common eligibility criteria include: the type and stage of cancer, specific genetic changes or mutations in a tumor, age of the patient, and medical history.
The criteria help scientists to be more certain about the trial results.
If you appear to qualify for enrollment and decide to participate in a clinical trial, you will be told in detail what it will involve and the clinical study team will review a consent form that fully describes the study. After you have had time to ask questions, and if you decide to proceed with the trial, you will be asked to sign a consent form for participation. Patients can drop out of a clinical trial at any time, for any reason.